Portland, Oregon 2021-01-14 18:45:31 –
Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — The COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Board in Oregon is finally making recommendations on who should be included in the next phase of vaccine deployment.
The advisory board, which is part of the Oregon Department of Health, started late.
During the meeting on Thursday, members made a list of people who would like to be vaccinated next. This includes the BIPOC community, refugees, adults aged 16-64 with chronic illness, adults and adolescents on vaccination in custody, frontline workers not included in Phases 1A and 1B, multigenerational housing, Includes low-income elderly housing.
“I think we’re finding our way,” committee member Kelly Gonzalez said on Thursday’s progress. “I think we’re creating a space where we can discuss either fairness-centric or non-fairness-centric ways.”
The Oregon Department of Health said more operational and legal work needed to be done to understand how and how these groups were actually vaccinated. The Vaccine Advisory Board will discuss these issues at a meeting next week.
It is important to note that the Commission can only issue recommendations for vaccine deployment. Governor Kate Brown is the person who ultimately decides who will be vaccinated next.
Brown’s office has not yet responded to how she plans to use the Commission’s recommendations.
Earlier this week, Brown visited the vaccination site at Salem’s Oregon State Trade Fair. There, Salem Health and the Oregon National Guard worked together for the state’s first mass vaccination clinic. The Governor was watching guards fire at health care workers in Marion County. Oregon is trying to work through tens of thousands of healthcare workers and first responders in line to receive the vaccine first.
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